- a child, especially a small boy.
- any small child.
- a cur; mongrel.
- Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
Origin of tyke1
- Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.
Origin of tyke2
Examples from the Web for tyke
Contemporary Examples of tyke
The tyke asked the gov his favorite part about being governor.Turns Out Chris Christie Hated Traffic on the George Washington Bridge, Too
January 15, 2014
Historical Examples of tyke
You're in Bermondsey, mister, an' if you tyke my advice you'll go 'ome an' sty 'ome.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
If I tyke it I want to feel it is syme as my very own and do my dooty by it, pore thing!
"And down't you tyke on so, Lidjer," said the husband, and they looked as if they were about to embrace.
Naow, I'll styke my reputation on somethin', you tyke it dahn word for word.The Foundations (Fourth Series Plays)
And what d'yo' think o' that, Mr. M'Adam, for a wunnerfu' story of a wunnerfu' tyke?Bob, Son of Battle
- a dog, esp a mongrel
- informal a small or cheeky child: used esp in affectionate reproof
- British dialect a rough ill-mannered person
- Also called: Yorkshire tyke British slang, often offensive a person from Yorkshire
- Australian slang, offensive a Roman Catholic
Word Origin for tyke
c.1400, "cur, mongrel," from Old Norse tik "bitch," related to Middle Low German tike. Also applied in Middle English to a low-bred or lazy man. The meaning "child" is from 1902, though it was used in playful reproof from 1894.